A decree recently went out to parents in New Britain, Connecticut, concerning appropriate Halloween fare, and by decree we mean a mostly all-caps flyer featuring some rad clip art of a peanut. The festive-looking flyers bore a message that was, well, not very festive at all. It may be hard to read, so here's the opening paragraph (in lowercase because we're not gonna scream at you from such close range):
"My son has severe allergies and comes home every year devastated that he can't eat any candy he's collected at your homes while trick-or-treating. Don't exclude my child, or any other child from the fun."
The anonymous parent goes on to suggest, or rather demand (DO NOT) that mindful Trick-Or-Treatees forego foodstuffs with "nuts of any kind, gluten or dairy."
If you're wondering what that allows, the parent has some suggestions: carrot sticks, Smarties, Necco Wafers, Life Savers, Brach's Lemon Drops and Raisins.
"But stay away from Raisinettes!!!!" YEA, WOE BETIDE THOSE WHO CONSUME THE FILTH-COVERED FRUIT!
So yeah, baby carrots? Do we think the son in question here will be happier to receive a Zip-Loc baggie full of "spirit sticks" (that's a festive name for carrots that we just made up, you're welcome) rather than something his mom or dad could easily switch out with some other pre-approved goodie? This is heresy.
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The flyer is burning it up on Reddit and Twitter, and for the most part, people think the parent who wrote it is a little out of bounds.
"Children with allergies need to be aware that they can't eat everything that others can. It's ridiculous to expect strangers to accommodate!"
"As someone who grew up having a deadly peanut reaction, this is just crazy to me. I'd take peanut candy and just trade it away."
Other people were a little more understanding, and even offered some alternatives:
"A lady I once worked with had a grandson who had a severe peanut allergy. She would always come into work with some of his stash giving it away. I asked her if that broke his heart to have his candy taken away and she said no, because of how they go about it," one Redditor wrote.
"Her daughter would let him go trick-or-treating but he wasn't allowed to touch any of the candy. If it was presented to him in a bowl his mom would just ask politely if the giver could drop something in the bag for him. When they got home, his mom assigned a monetary value to the various candies. He'd get to tally his earnings up as his mom went through the bag. He then was exchanged money for however much he earned and taken the next day to go buy a toy of his choice with it. That was way cooler than a few sweets."
Seriously, there seems to be so many options that won't end with your clip art flyer being shamed on the Internet.
"My childhood friend had celiac disease and he would trick or treat anyway knowing what he could or couldn't keep when we sorted out our candy at the end of the night," wrote another Redditor. "I traded him stuff he could have and I took what he couldn't have. It was a good system."
According to the Hartford Courant, the flyers have already been taken down.
There's certainly nothing wrong with looking out for kids with allergies (check out the Teal Pumpkin Project for tips on how to be allergy-friendly this Halloween), but asking the whole neighborhood to give out raisins? It's certainly not going to win you any friends.